- Oct 10, 2005
When I think about how many redesigns of driver's licenses there have been in my state over the past 3 decades (in the name of preventing fraud)...it does seem a bit odd that they haven't made any improvements on Soc. Sec. cards.
I realize that it's only a name and number as opposed to a photo ID, and the number is what can't be (easily) faked if entered into a gov-connected system, but I get what you mean.
It is a legal document that functions as a primary or secondary form of ID in many cases, it should have some kind of security feature to prevent it being falsified.
But also, just out of practicality it could be made of paper that doesn't wear/wrinkle just with a glance, and the ink could be something more sophisticated than what I'm pretty sure is just a typewriter.
The ink on my original card is very faded. If they issued a better card it could actually last a lifetime.